Why Callum Wilson could be a smart signing for Chelsea
According to Daily Mirror, Chelsea are confident their transfer ban will be lifted and have identified Callum Wilson as a key target ahead of the January window.
The Blues’ legal team believe their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport will lift the second part of the FIFA-imposed transfer ban, which already saw the south Londoners not make any signings in the summer.
Callum Wilson, 27, has been an integral player for Bournemouth since joining them from Coventry City in 2014. He has scored five goals in 10 Premier League appearances so far this season, being the Cherries’ chief source of goals.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League standings having won four consecutive games. They have recovered extremely well after the opening day humbling at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford and are currently playing an attacking, expansive brand of football under Frank Lampard.
However, the Londoners will need a few additions in January if they are to achieve a top-four spot this season. Bolstering the forward department won’t be a bad option, with a back-up striker to challenge first-choice Tammy Abraham. Olivier Giroud is out of favour while Michy Batshuayi isn’t apparently suited to Lampard’s style of play.
A new striker to cover and compete with Abraham makes sense and Callum Wilson would fit the bill perfectly at Stamford Bridge.
Wilson is among the exciting strikers in the Premier League due to his consistent performances for Bournemouth over the last couple of seasons. He has scored 63 goals in 159 appearances for the Cherries since signing from Coventry City in 2014, that has also seen him become a regular member of Gareth Southgate’s England squad in recent times.
The 27-year-old is someone who likes to play on the shoulders of defenders. He can be an unforgiving presence inside the opposition penalty area as he is a lethal finisher and knows what it takes to find the back of the net. With his direct running, Wilson can cause a lot of problems for the opposing defenders in the final third.
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He would introduce a new dimension to the Chelsea attack due to his agility, mobility and the ability to finish off a chance in one blink of an eye. All in all, the England international would be perfect to compete with Abraham for a place in Lampard’s starting XI.
Thus, it would be wise for Chelsea to meet Bournemouth’s valuation for Wilson, who does fit the bill at Stamford Bridge and could help Lampard’s young side achieve a top-four finish next year.